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Groundhog Day over at MSNBC

Groundhog Day over at MSNBC

The first thing I do in the morning is turn on the news.  I generally start with MSNBC.  

For a moment, I had to wonder if I had slipped back in time – but then I recalled that it was MSNBC.  That network seems to be stuck in Groundhog Day-type reporting in which nothing new happened since January 6, 2021.

I was listening to another of Joe Scarborough’s rants.  It had the aura of familiarity.  He was going over a litany of President Trump’s pugnacious statements – telling folks to beat up protestors, cops to get rough, etc., etc., etc.  It was all about big bad Trump – and nothing we had not heard before.  

Scarborough ranted on about how Trump had caused the GOP to lose in 2018, the Georgia Senate seats, and the 2020 election.  

I can understand why a left-wing show host would offer those perspectives – BUT again and again and again and again and again?  That has been the daily offering of MSNBC –along with the clips of the riot on Capitol Hill.  Like the Democrats, the left wants to talk about nothing but Trump and the 2020 election.

When they brought up the threadbare election denier narrative, they shifted over to …  (Was I still lost in a dream?) … Chris Mathews.  Who?  This is a guy who was once a major personality on NBC and MSNBC.  He had his own show, was a panelist on other shows, and was always part of the election night reporting team.  But that was years ago.

Mathews’s last notable appearance was election night in 2016.  He was visibly stunned and bewildered as their election guru, Steven Kornacki, suggested that Hillary Clinton did not have enough votes in those final states to overcome Trump’s lead.  Mathews virtually begged Kornacki to give him some hope in the numbers.  Shortly thereafter, Mathews received his walking papers from MSNBC – and has been mostly out of sight ever since.

For reasons known only to the management of MSNBC, it was decided to bring old Mathews back as a regular panelist.

At this time of the year, we are approaching the “Fall back” clock change.  With MSNBC’s persistent Trump-dump news policy – combined with the re-emergence of Mathews – I had the feeling that we had turned back the hands of time by more than five years.

When you fully appreciate how MSNBC obsessively focuses on old stories, you can understand why a number of my very liberal Democrat friends are dropping the network from their viewing schedule.  And why those who remain loyal to MSNBC are so ill-informed on the other side of the issues – or even a lot of news you find on the other networks?  

Considering all the extreme negative things MSNBC has to say about Republicans and conservatives, you can understand why it is that their viewers are always so stunned when Republicans win elections.

So, there tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tony Bell

    In my younger days, say 20 or 30 years gone by, it was normal and appropriate to trust that major news outlets were publishing objective coverage on any issue. I have watch with dismay for years how that integrity has succumb to deception and intentional lying. God bless president Trump, as IMO his biggest legacy among many, is the exposure to the public to how the media has become corrupted with bias and self-serving deceit: very subtle in the beginning but more and more brazen and unmistakable now. One must be very discerning now of who they trust for forthright and dependable reporting.

  2. frank stetson

    Wow, great weekend, some folks just don’t like getting their picture snapped……

    Larry, you be spot on with this one. MSNBC was bad and now is getting worse. MJoe repeats every hour, so they added an hour. Silly person replacing Rachel is circling the ratings bowl, no wonder, no added value. And the rest of them do repeat each other, hour after hour after hour. Pelosi caused by GOP dogma is the latest tome. To your lament about both sides not being present, often that’s because your side is too chicken shit to turn up…. FOX indeed does better, but between the fair and balanced is the totally unhinged conspiracy lies —- so the scales are still crooked. Unfortunately, that leaves FOX in a truth conundrum as it spews more misstatements and lies than MSNBC. At least according to the fact checkers, although this is not a good statistic, just the results of when they have checked: I am sure you can find someone tipping the scales in fox’s favor, but most often they come up short on the truth.

    Bottom line: cable news is not news, never has been. I think they should be forced to put a label in the corner to indicate either NEWS or OP ED….. By law.